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A computationally efficient multipitch analysis model

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2 Author(s)
Tolonen, T. ; Lab. of Acout. & Audio Signal Processing, Helsinki Univ. of Technol., Espoo, Finland ; Karjalainen, M.

A computationally efficient model for multipitch and periodicity analysis of complex audio signals is presented. The model essentially divides the signal into two channels, below and above 1000 Hz, computes a “generalized” autocorrelation of the low-channel signal and of the envelope of the high-channel signal, and sums the autocorrelation functions. The summary autocorrelation function (SACF) is further processed to obtain an enhanced SACF (ESACF). The SACF and ESACP representations are used in observing the periodicities of the signal. The model performance is demonstrated to be comparable to those of recent time-domain models that apply a multichannel analysis. In contrast to the multichannel models, the proposed pitch analysis model can be run in real time using typical personal computers. The parameters of the model are experimentally tuned for best multipitch discrimination with typical mixtures of complex tones. The proposed pitch analysis model may be used in complex audio signal processing applications, such as sound source separation, computational auditory scene analysis, and structural representation of audio signals. The performance of the model is demonstrated by pitch analysis examples using sound mixtures which are available for download at

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Speech and Audio Processing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 6 )